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Poster: Ordogthemage Date: Jul 13, 2004 10:09am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: Free Walden

It seems to me that for one day, esp. that day, they (the park) could have made more of the publicity of such a novel idea.

If someone was going to purchase a book, for say $10, from the park, and they got it printed free, they could have donated $5-7 to the park, and the park would have been ahead. It would have been a good lesson, too.

As I said, it's just one day, and what a day of all days to prohibit such activity. If that's as forward thinking as park managment is they have much else to worry about. Godd managment would have turned the situation to advantage, not made a fiasco.

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Poster: EricEldred Date: Jul 14, 2004 9:44pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: Free Walden

I didn't want to compete with the Thoreau Society nor steal bread from their mouth. I talked with the executive director a week before the event and she had no objection. As you can see from their website, they offered encouragement for others to celebrate the 150th anniversary with them. But she wouldn't back me up against the state when I got there.

Last month I made a deal with the local bookstore to give away one book if the reader bought two from them. They were happy with that and it was a success on both sides. Creative options like that are possible, but apparently not with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The best thing that can happen from all this is that readers extend the Internet Bookmobile an invitation to visit their site so we can make and give away books, including "Walden." You can do that by contacting your school or library, explaining the Internet Bookmobile, and replying to this post.